Caniglia v. City of Cranston - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Caniglia v. City of Cranston (2015)

Category: Active Case    Due Process    

About This Case:
This is a federal lawsuit over a Cranston Police Department policy of refusing to return firearms seized without a warrant from residents who were neither charged with a crime nor found to pose a danger to themselves or others. The suit, on behalf of resident Edward Caniglia, argues the Cranston Police Department violated his right to due process and his right to keep and bear arms by retaining his firearms without just cause after seizing them without a warrant.

In 2015, we filed a similar lawsuit against the Town of North Smithfield.

Current Status:
Lawsuit filed in December 2015.

ACLU Cooperating Attorneys:
Thomas W. Lyons, Rhiannon S. Huffman

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Dec 11, 2015 - ACLU Sues Over Cranston Police Policy Of Retaining Lawfully Owned Firearms Without Cause